PAINESDALE - Four 3-pointers from Kelsey Heinonen and a strong second half wasn't enough for Jeffers to cancel out a slow start Tuesday.
Watersmeet preserved enough of its 13-point halftime lead for a 49-43 victory in both teams' season openers.
"They got off to a quick start. They were running circles around us," Jeffers coach Kathleen Storm said of the first half. "We came back out and I think we hammered a lot harder on the defensive end."
The Jets held the Lady Nimrods to single digits in the third and fourth quarters and closed within four after the break but couldn't get all the way back.
Heinonen equaled her career high in scoring, set Jan. 3, 2012 at Lake Linden-Hubbell, while Haley Makela kicked in 10 points for the first double-digit effort of her career.
The visitors put three players in double figures led by Michaela Burke's 14.
Jeffers remains home to play Hancock Friday night.
Watersmeet 14 18 8 9-49
Jeffers 9 10 12 12 - 43
Watersmeet - Michaela Burke 14, Tori McGeshick 8, Ashley Peterson 4, Frannie Zelinski 13, Lauren Ryskey 10. FT: 5-10. 3-pointers: Burke 4, Ryskey 2.
Jeffers - Haley Makela 10, Abbie Rajala 3, Shelby Seppanen 4, Maria Halonen 4, Kelsey Heinonen 18, Kayla Destrampe 4. FT: 10-22. 3-pointers: Heinonen 4, Rajala 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek 54, Ironwood 29
IRONWOOD - Ewen-Trout Creek opened the 2012-13 girls' basketball season in style, sticking it to Ironwood by 25 on opening night.
The Panthers had control of the game early, outscoring the Red Devils 20-5 over the first eight minutes.
E-TC got highly balanced scoring, with three players in double figures. Taylor Niemi and Brittany Suomumaki co-led the Panthers with 11 points, Zoey McGeshick added 10 and Sam Robl kicked in eight.
The Panthers held the Red Devils without a 3-pointer. Ironwood's offense was paced by Korrie Trier's 11 points.
Ewen-TC 20 13 9 12 - 54
Ironwood 5 11 5 8 - 29
E-TC - Sam Robl 8, Rebekah Driesenga 2, Casey Suomumaki 2, Taylor Niemi 11, Molly Niemi 7, Brittany Suomumaki 11, Zoey McGeshick 10, Becca Warnke 3. FT: 5-13. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: B. Suomumaki 1, T. Niemi 1, Robl 1.
Ironwood - Jessica Mukavitz 9, Katie Erickson 1, Jessica Gering 6, Shelby Lanctoe 2, Korrie Trier 11. FT: 11-19. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: None.